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    Irene Yen, PhD, MPH

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentMedicine
    Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
    San Francisco CA 94118
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      Social determinants, life course, survey tool development, epidemiology, children/youth, older adults policy advocacy, city and transportation planning, food environment, obesity, aging, mentoring junior faculty or trainees, Interdisciplinary research collaboration

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      1. Young CA, Stookey J, Patel AI, Chan C, Evans J, Cohn K, Agana L, Yen IH, Fernandez A, Cabana MD. San Francisco childcare centers' preparedness in the prevention and management of asthma among preschool-aged children. J Asthma. 2016 Sep; 53(7):691-8. PMID: 27164036.
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      2. Thrasher AD, Wells AM, Spencer SM, Cofie L, Yen IH. Workplace Discrimination Is Associated With Alcohol Abuse Among Ethnically Diverse Hospital Staff. Workplace Health Saf. 2016 May; 64(5):202-9. PMID: 27034406.
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      3. Kelley EA, Kandula NR, Kanaya AM, Yen IH. Neighborhood Walkability and Walking for Transport Among South Asians in the MASALA Study. J Phys Act Health. 2016 May; 13(5):514-9. PMID: 26529292.
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      4. Fahimi J, Larimer E, Hamud-Ahmed W, Anderson E, Schnorr CD, Yen I, Alter HJ. Long-term mortality of patients surviving firearm violence. Inj Prev. 2016 Apr; 22(2):129-34. PMID: 26506959.
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      5. Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S, DeRouen M, Keegan TH, Yen IH, Mujahid M, Satariano WA, Glaser SL. The impact of neighborhood social and built environment factors across the cancer continuum: Current research, methodological considerations, and future directions. Cancer. 2015 Jul 15; 121(14):2314-30. PMID: 25847484; PMCID: PMC4490083 [Available on 07/15/16].
      6. Nicklett EJ, Anderson LA, Yen IH. Gardening Activities and Physical Health Among Older Adults: A Review of the Evidence. J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Jun; 35(6):678-90. PMID: 25515757.
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      7. Michael YL, Yen IH. Aging and place--neighborhoods and health in a world growing older. J Aging Health. 2014 Dec; 26(8):1251-60. PMID: 25502240.
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      8. Hoyt LT, Kushi LH, Leung CW, Nickleach DC, Adler N, Laraia BA, Hiatt RA, Yen IH. Neighborhood influences on girls' obesity risk across the transition to adolescence. Pediatrics. 2014 Nov; 134(5):942-9. PMID: 25311606; PMCID: PMC4533282.
      9. Anderson LA, Slonim A, Yen IH, Jones DL, Allen P, Hunter RH, Goins RT, Leith KH, Rosenberg D, Satariano WA, McPhillips-Tangum C. Developing a framework and priorities to promote mobility among older adults. Health Educ Behav. 2014 Oct; 41(1 Suppl):10S-8S. PMID: 25274706; PMCID: PMC4447193.
      10. Sutton P, Kavanaugh-Lynch MH, Plumb M, Yen IH, Sarantis H, Thomsen CL, Campleman S, Galpern E, Dickenson C, Woodruff TJ. California Breast Cancer Prevention Initiatives: Setting a research agenda for prevention. Reprod Toxicol. 2015 Jul; 54:11-8. PMID: 25277312.
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      11. Razani N, Hilton JF, Halpern-Felsher BL, Okumura MJ, Morrell HE, Yen IH. Neighborhood Characteristics and ADHD: Results of a National Study. J Atten Disord. 2015 Sep; 19(9):731-40. PMID: 25028386.
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      12. Deierlein AL, Galvez MP, Yen IH, Pinney SM, Biro FM, Kushi LH, Teitelbaum S, Wolff MS. Local food environments are associated with girls' energy, sugar-sweetened beverage and snack-food intakes. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Oct; 17(10):2194-200. PMID: 24821228; PMCID: PMC4314505.
      13. Yen IH, Fandel Flood J, Thompson H, Anderson LA, Wong G. How design of places promotes or inhibits mobility of older adults: realist synthesis of 20 years of research. J Aging Health. 2014 Dec; 26(8):1340-72. PMID: 24788714; PMCID: PMC4535337 [Available on 12/01/15].
      14. Shariff-Marco S, Yang J, John EM, Sangaramoorthy M, Hertz A, Koo J, Nelson DO, Schupp CW, Shema SJ, Cockburn M, Satariano WA, Yen IH, Ponce NA, Winkleby M, Keegan TH, Gomez SL. Impact of neighborhood and individual socioeconomic status on survival after breast cancer varies by race/ethnicity: the Neighborhood and Breast Cancer Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 May; 23(5):793-811. PMID: 24618999; PMCID: PMC4018239.
      15. Yen IH, Gregorich S, Cohen AK, Stewart A. A community cohort study about childhood social and economic circumstances: racial/ethnic differences and associations with educational attainment and health of older adults. BMJ Open. 2013; 3(4). PMID: 23562813; PMCID: PMC3641446.
      16. Yen IH, Leung CW, Lan M, Sarrafzadeh M, Kayekjian KC, Duru OK. A pilot study using global positioning systems (GPS) devices and surveys to ascertain older adults' travel patterns. J Appl Gerontol. 2015 Apr; 34(3):NP190-201. PMID: 24652872.
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      17. Kersten E, Laraia B, Kelly M, Adler N, Yen IH. Small food stores and availability of nutritious foods: a comparison of database and in-store measures, Northern California, 2009. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E127. PMID: 22789445; PMCID: PMC3468308.
      18. Kim Y, Yen IH, Rabow MW. Comparing Symptom Burden in Patients with Metastatic and Nonmetastatic Cancer. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jan; 19(1):64-8. PMID: 22663083.
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      19. Tester JM, Yen IH, Laraia B. Using mobile fruit vendors to increase access to fresh fruit and vegetables for schoolchildren. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012; 9:E102. PMID: 22632739; PMCID: PMC3457766.
      20. Yen IH, Anderson LA. Built environment and mobility of older adults: important policy and practice efforts. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012 May; 60(5):951-6. PMID: 22568533; PMCID: PMC4534005.
      21. Deardorff J, Fyfe M, Ekwaru JP, Kushi LH, Greenspan LC, Yen IH. Does neighborhood environment influence girls' pubertal onset? findings from a cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2012; 12:27. PMID: 22414266; PMCID: PMC3376028.
      22. Yen IH, Shim JK, Martinez AD, Barker JC. Older people and social connectedness: how place and activities keep people engaged. J Aging Res. 2012; 2012:139523. PMID: 22272374; PMCID: PMC3261464.
      23. Leung CW, Laraia BA, Kelly M, Nickleach D, Adler NE, Kushi LH, Yen IH. The influence of neighborhood food stores on change in young girls' body mass index. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jul; 41(1):43-51. PMID: 21665062; PMCID: PMC3115539.
      24. Kochtitzky CS, Freeland AL, Yen IH. Ensuring mobility-supporting environments for an aging population: critical actors and collaborations. J Aging Res. 2011; 2011:138931. PMID: 21766029; PMCID: PMC3134094.
      25. Chew KW, Yen IH, Li JZ, Winston LG. Predictors of pneumonia severity in HIV-infected adults admitted to an Urban public hospital. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2011 May; 25(5):273-7. PMID: 21488749; PMCID: PMC4056456.
      26. Wallerstein NB, Yen IH, Syme SL. Integration of social epidemiology and community-engaged interventions to improve health equity. Am J Public Health. 2011 May; 101(5):822-30. PMID: 21421960; PMCID: PMC3076386.
      27. Tester JM, Yen IH, Pallis LC, Laraia BA. Healthy food availability and participation in WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) in food stores around lower- and higher-income elementary schools. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Jun; 14(6):960-4. PMID: 21205402; PMCID: PMC4577276.
      28. Tester JM, Stevens SA, Yen IH, Laraia BL. An analysis of public health policy and legal issues relevant to mobile food vending. Am J Public Health. 2010 Nov; 100(11):2038-46. PMID: 20864711; PMCID: PMC2951932.
      29. Gillen M, Cisternas MG, Yen IH, Swig L, Rugulies R, Frank J, Blanc PD. Functional recovery following musculoskeletal injury in hospital workers. Occup Med (Lond). 2010 Oct; 60(7):532-9. PMID: 20682740; PMCID: PMC2980941.
      30. Leung CW, Gregorich SE, Laraia BA, Kushi LH, Yen IH. Measuring the neighborhood environment: associations with young girls' energy intake and expenditure in a cross-sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2010; 7:52. PMID: 20515487; PMCID: PMC2893449.
      31. Galvez MP, Pearl M, Yen IH. Childhood obesity and the built environment. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2010 Apr; 22(2):202-7. PMID: 20090524; PMCID: PMC2896907.
      32. Hammond WP, Gillen M, Yen IH. Workplace Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms: A Study of Multi-Ethnic Hospital Employees. Race Soc Probl. 2010 Mar 1; 2(1):19-30. PMID: 20463846.
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      33. Tester JM, Yen IH, Laraia B. Mobile food vending and the after-school food environment. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Jan; 38(1):70-3. PMID: 20117559; PMCID: PMC4577277.
      34. Yen IH, Michael YL, Perdue L. Neighborhood environment in studies of health of older adults: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2009 Nov; 37(5):455-63. PMID: 19840702; PMCID: PMC2785463.
      35. Weir RC, Tseng W, Yen IH, Caballero J. Primary health-care delivery gaps among medically underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander populations. Public Health Rep. 2009 Nov-Dec; 124(6):831-40. PMID: 19894426; PMCID: PMC2773947.
      36. Michael YL, Yen IH. Invited commentary: built environment and obesity among older adults--can neighborhood-level policy interventions make a difference? Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Feb 15; 169(4):409-12; discussion 413-4. PMID: 19153213; PMCID: PMC2640165.
      37. Yen IH, Hammond WP, Kushel MB. From homeless to hopeless and healthless?: the health impacts of housing challenges among former foster care youth transitioning to adulthood in California. Issues Compr Pediatr Nurs. 2009; 32(2):77-93. PMID: 21992092.
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      38. Leu J, Yen IH, Gansky SA, Walton E, Adler NE, Takeuchi DT. The association between subjective social status and mental health among Asian immigrants: investigating the influence of age at immigration. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Mar; 66(5):1152-64. PMID: 18191317; PMCID: PMC2810405.
      39. Yen IH, Stewart AL, Scherzer T, PĂ©rez-Stable EJ. Older adults' perspectives on key domains of childhood social and economic experiences and opportunities: a first step to creating a multidimensional measure. Epidemiol Perspect Innov. 2007; 4:14. PMID: 17986341; PMCID: PMC2186311.
      40. Yen IH, Scherzer T, Cubbin C, Gonzalez A, Winkleby MA. Women's perceptions of neighborhood resources and hazards related to diet, physical activity, and smoking: focus group results from economically distinct neighborhoods in a mid-sized U.S. city. Am J Health Promot. 2007 Nov-Dec; 22(2):98-106. PMID: 18019886.
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      41. Kushel MB, Yen IH, Gee L, Courtney ME. Homelessness and health care access after emancipation: results from the Midwest Evaluation of Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Oct; 161(10):986-93. PMID: 17909143.
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      42. Yen IH, Yelin E, Katz P, Eisner MD, Blanc PD. Impact of perceived neighborhood problems on change in asthma-related health outcomes between baseline and follow-up. Health Place. 2008 Sep; 14(3):468-77. PMID: 17950654; PMCID: PMC2600882.
      43. Gillen M, Yen IH, Trupin L, Swig L, Rugulies R, Mullen K, Font A, Burian D, Ryan G, Janowitz I, Quinlan PA, Frank J, Blanc P. The association of socioeconomic status and psychosocial and physical workplace factors with musculoskeletal injury in hospital workers. Am J Ind Med. 2007 Apr; 50(4):245-60. PMID: 17311255.
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      44. Archea C, Yen IH, Chen H, Eisner MD, Katz PP, Masharani U, Yelin EH, Earnest G, Blanc PD. Negative life events and quality of life in adults with asthma. Thorax. 2007 Feb; 62(2):139-46. PMID: 16928721; PMCID: PMC2111249.
      45. Yen IH, Yelin EH, Katz P, Eisner MD, Blanc PD. Perceived neighborhood problems and quality of life, physical functioning, and depressive symptoms among adults with asthma. Am J Public Health. 2006 May; 96(5):873-9. PMID: 16571704; PMCID: PMC1470572.
      46. Blanc PD, Yen IH, Chen H, Katz PP, Earnest G, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Friedling N, Yelin EH, Eisner MD. Area-level socio-economic status and health status among adults with asthma and rhinitis. Eur Respir J. 2006 Jan; 27(1):85-94. PMID: 16387940.
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      47. Yen IH. Historical perspective: S. Leonard Syme's influence on the development of social epidemiology and where we go from there. Epidemiol Perspect Innov. 2005 May 25; 2:3. PMID: 15916710; PMCID: PMC1175097.
      48. Blanc PD, Eisner MD, Katz PP, Yen IH, Archea C, Earnest G, Janson S, Masharani UB, Quinlan PJ, Hammond SK, Thorne PS, Balmes JR, Trupin L, Yelin EH. Impact of the home indoor environment on adult asthma and rhinitis. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):362-72. PMID: 15824627.
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      49. Gordon DR, Ames GM, Yen IH, Gillen M, Aust B, Rugulies R, Frank JW, Blanc PD. Integrating qualitative research into occupational health: a case study among hospital workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2005 Apr; 47(4):399-409. PMID: 15824632.
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      50. Leung MW, Yen IH, Minkler M. Community based participatory research: a promising approach for increasing epidemiology's relevance in the 21st century. Int J Epidemiol. 2004 Jun; 33(3):499-506. PMID: 15155709.
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      51. Rugulies R, Braff J, Frank JW, Aust B, Gillen M, Yen IH, Bhatia R, Ames G, Gordon DR, Janowitz I, Oman D, Jacobs BP, Blanc P. The psychosocial work environment and musculoskeletal disorders: design of a comprehensive interviewer-administered questionnaire. Am J Ind Med. 2004 May; 45(5):428-39. PMID: 15095425.
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      52. Frank JW, Cohen R, Yen I, Balfour J, Smith M. Socioeconomic gradients in health status over 29 years of follow-up after midlife: the Alameda county study. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Dec; 57(12):2305-23. PMID: 14572839.
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      53. Cisternas MG, Blanc PD, Yen IH, Katz PP, Earnest G, Eisner MD, Shiboski S, Yelin EH. A comprehensive study of the direct and indirect costs of adult asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Jun; 111(6):1212-8. PMID: 12789219.
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      54. Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Yen IH, Fisher JM. Occupational stress factors and alcohol-related behavior in urban transit operators. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2000 Jul; 24(7):1011-9. PMID: 10924004.
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      55. Yen IH, Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Fisher JM. Racial discrimination and alcohol-related behavior in urban transit operators: findings from the San Francisco Muni Health and Safety Study. Public Health Rep. 1999 Sep-Oct; 114(5):448-58. PMID: 10590767; PMCID: PMC1308517.
      56. Yen IH, Kaplan GA. Neighborhood social environment and risk of death: multilevel evidence from the Alameda County Study. Am J Epidemiol. 1999 May 15; 149(10):898-907. PMID: 10342798.
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      57. Yen IH, Kaplan GA. Poverty area residence and changes in depression and perceived health status: evidence from the Alameda County Study. Int J Epidemiol. 1999 Feb; 28(1):90-4. PMID: 10195670.
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      58. Yen IH, Ragland DR, Greiner BA, Fisher JM. Workplace discrimination and alcohol consumption: findings from the San Francisco Muni Health and Safety Study. Ethn Dis. 1999; 9(1):70-80. PMID: 10355476.
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      59. Yen IH, Syme SL. The social environment and health: a discussion of the epidemiologic literature. Annu Rev Public Health. 1999; 20:287-308. PMID: 10352860.
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      60. Yen IH, Moss N. Unbundling education: a critical discussion of what education confers and how it lowers risk for disease and death. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1999; 896:350-1. PMID: 10681919.
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      61. Yen IH, Kaplan GA. Poverty area residence and changes in physical activity level: evidence from the Alameda County Study. Am J Public Health. 1998 Nov; 88(11):1709-12. PMID: 9807543; PMCID: PMC1508581.
      62. Lynch JW, Kaplan GA, Pamuk ER, Cohen RD, Heck KE, Balfour JL, Yen IH. Income inequality and mortality in metropolitan areas of the United States. Am J Public Health. 1998 Jul; 88(7):1074-80. PMID: 9663157; PMCID: PMC1508263.
      63. Dressel P, Minkler M, Yen I. Gender, race, class, and aging: advances and opportunities. Int J Health Serv. 1997; 27(4):579-600. PMID: 9399108.
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      64. Yen IH, Khoury MJ, Erickson JD, James LM, Waters GD, Berry RJ. The changing epidemiology of neural tube defects. United States, 1968-1989. Am J Dis Child. 1992 Jul; 146(7):857-61. PMID: 1496959.
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